Peru State College enrollment at historic high.

March 22, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429



Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College released its final spring 2016 head count this afternoon and the results are a historic high enrollment for the college.  A total count of all graduate and undergraduate students brings enrollment up 4.15% from last year to 2,682.  The previous high was 2,545 in the spring of 2015.

Dr. Michaela Willis, vice president for enrollment and student affairs, said, “The College has enjoyed steady growth during the last few years.  We have had particularly strong growth in our graduate programs.”

Dr. Dan Hanson said, “I want to thank everyone involved in recruiting, enrolling and serving our students.  The success of the College depends on the work of faculty, staff and students.”

Peru State’s growth comes as other colleges and universities are struggling to maintain enrollment.

The Hechinger Report wrote in December of 2015, “Enrollments at colleges and universities dropped for the eighth semester in a row this fall, down nearly 2 percent below what they were last fall, new figures show.”

In January of this year, The Atlantic confirmed a similar number, “The number of students enrolling in colleges and universities this year is 1.7 percent lower than it was last year.”


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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.